With the increasing popularity of the slow food/slow cooking movement, more and more chefs and home cooks are beginning to bring the focus back to quality, well-cooked meals.

After decades of nuked, frozen dinners, this return to a more patient, thought out style of cooking is well welcomed on many a dinner table.

In honor of this great transition, we've put together a list of our favorite old or lost cooking techniques and why they are worth rediscovering.

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